Because technology changes so rapidly, IT workers face a difficult balancing act when making their career plans. On the one hand, they need to consider which roles hiring managers are looking to fill today. On the other, they also need to think ahead to the jobs that will likely become more important in the future and make sure that they are developing the right skills to maintain their employability over the long term.
To make that planning a little easier, IDC and Cisco have released a report, "20 Most Significant IT Roles You Should Consider." Based on an analysis of nearly two million IT job postings and a global survey of IT hiring managers, the report highlights the intersection between jobs that are most in-demand -- those that have a lot of openings and are hard to fill, leading to higher salaries -- and those that are most important -- roles that will be strategically significant to a company’s future success.
According to the report, many of the most significant IT roles are directly related to organizations’ plans for digital transformation, and they revolve around trends like cybersecurity, the internet of things artificial intelligence, cloud computing, virtualization, and converged infrastructure.
A separate report from Gartner echoes some of the IDC/Cisco report’s findings, noting that companies need to have the right people in place if they are going to overcome challenges associated with digital transformation. In particular, the firm said it “has identified a looming talent gap for key technology skills in artificial intelligence, digital security and the internet of things.”
Many of the job roles necessary for digital transformation pertain to IT infrastructure. The following slides detail eight of these job titles, including average salaries, and the outlook for each.